Criminal Law

What Happens to the Accused in a Criminal Case?

Criminal Law brings up some of the most controversial and exciting moments in law. I've been asked on many occasions what happens to the accused in a criminal case from start to finish? Well, recently I was a guest speaker at the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association annual meeting where I spoke about criminal law. This is an excerpt from the much longer lecture. But I go into some pretty good details about what happens to the accused in a criminal case from start to finish. I cover everything from the beginning police investigation all the way through arraignment and trial as well as all the criminal procedural in between. I hope you enjoy it.


Criminal charges can bring vast amounts of stress in all areas of a person’s life, including one’s professional, financial and family life. We are always sympathetic to how a case might impact a person whether the case is resolved through a plea bargain or trial. This rule applies for all levels of criminal allegations.

We know the criminal justice system well and pride ourselves on the ability to present unique, original defenses for complex criminal matters. We will guide you where we have skill and provide insight on your case and counsel you on avoiding mistakes. We compliment you and are approachable on multiple issues regarding the law, your case and strategy to achieve your goals.

Understanding what you are able to accept as part of a plea bargain, or if you are able to plea bargain at all, is crucial to making the right choice in your case.  We advise you through the maze of criminal law and provide insight and access to individuals that might be able to help your case.  We do more than just read statutes and tell you what you can and cannot do. We take the time to help you understand your case and the benefits of trial or plea bargain.

We handle cases that include the following allegations:

  • Homicide
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual assault
  • First Amendment/Criminal Defense
  • Domestic violence
  • Obscenity
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Drunk driving offenses (DUI)
  • Drug offenses
  • Employee theft
  • Forgery
  • Securities violations
  • Computer fraud and internet crimes
  • Traffic violations such as speeding, hit and run, or reckless driving